ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS for Desktop enables you to create, organize, analyze,  publish and share geographic information, tools, and maps.  

This software is available to Harvard Affiliates only. Please follow the installation instruction below to download, install, and activate your copy of ArcGIS for Desktop. 

1. Login with your HUID/HarvardKey at this Software Access link.  Use credentials on the page (login and password) to download files in the download session below.

2. Download the core installation file listed below in the download section.  This is the most important, and perhaps the only software installation file you will need.  Once downloaded, double click to run it.  Accept the "master agreement" and choose the "Complete" installation option.  Click "Next" several times to accept the default installation options and install the software.

3. Determine if you need a Concurrent or Single-use license, see the pro's and con's below. 

  • Concurrent Use License (within Harvard network)
    Pros: (1) There is no need to renew your software license. (2) All ArcGIS for Desktop extensions are authorized automatically.
      Cons: Your machine must be connected to the Harvard network directly or through a Harvard VPN (Internet connection required).
  • Single-use License (off Harvard network)
    Pros: The software will work with any network connection, or no connection at all. 
    Cons:  (1) You need to request a new license code once a year. (2) Prior to versoin 10.8, each ArcGIS for Desktop extension requires a separate license code.

4. License your software:

5. Check the Patches and Service Packs page periodically.

Note: The download section below also included some commonly requested additional components. We suggest that you only install the one(s) you know for sure you will need. Contact the CGA if you need additional components not provided below.

Download links:

See also: Services, Software